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Book Title: A Student of Living Things|
The author of the book: Susan Richards Shreve
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 417 KB
Edition: Viking Adult
Date of issue: May 4th 2006
ISBN 13: 9780670037582
Read full description of the books A Student of Living Things:Even in the confusion and dread of the post-9/11 world, the tightly knit Frayn family is fairly well insulated from the snipers, bomb threats, and natural disasters that plague Washington, D.C., a few years into the future.
Then, in the moment it takes Claire Frayn to dig for her umbrella while her brother Steven waits next to her on the library steps of their university, he is shot and killed. Shattered, the family scatters to whatever havens they can find. Steven’s father moves into the airplane hangar behind the house, his mother moves into the glass factory where she works, and Claire, a biology student, adapts.
Galvanized by an impassioned stranger who claims to be her brother’s friend, she sheds her measured academic persona and sets out to avenge her brother’s death. Expecting to uncover a political conspiracy aimed at her outspoken brother, Claire finds instead her family’s own darkest secrets and her true love.
This is not a tale of revenge. It is a love story in which a family finds happiness even after its worst nightmare has come true. Plotted like a thriller with a tremendous, surprising twist, this is a pitch-perfect rendering of the way a family grieves and of the way violence seeps into every part of our lives. Much like Ian McEwan’s Saturday, A Student of Living Things takes on the moral, political, and philosophical questions of our time with a very intimate story about the futility of revenge and the sheer miracle of forgiveness.
Read information about the authorAlso know as Susan Shreve. Received the following awards: Jenny Moore Award, George Washington University, 1978; Notable Book citation, American Library Association (ALA), 1979, for Family Secrets: Five Very Important Stories; Best Book for Young Adults citation, ALA, 1980, for The Masquerade; Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, National Council for Social Studies and the Children's Book Council joint committee, 1980, for Family Secrets: Five Very Important Stories; Guggenheim award in fiction, 1980; National Endowment for the Arts fiction award, 1982; Edgar Allan Poe Award, Mystery Writers of America, 1988, for Lucy Forever and Miss Rosetree, Shrinks; Woodrow Wilson fellowships, West Virginia Wesleyan, 1994, and Bates College, 1997; Lila Wallace Readers Digest Foundation grant.
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